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Synopsis: "Extraordinary," "poetic," and "inspired" are only a few words that have been used to describe the food at Chez Panisse. Since the first meal served there in 1971, Alice Waters's Berkeley, California, restaurant has revolutionized American cooking, earning its place among the truly great restaurants of the world. Renowned for the brilliant innovations of its ever-changing menu, Chez Panisse has also come to represent a culinary philosophy inspired by nature -- dedicated to the common interest of environment and consumer in the use of gloriously fresh organic ingredients.
In Chez Panisse Cooking, chef Paul Bertolli -- one of the most talented chefs ever to work with Alice Waters -- presents the Chez Panisse kitchen's explorations and reexaminations of earlier triumphs. Expanding upon -- and sometimes simplifying -- the concepts that have made Chez Panisse legendary, Bertolli provides reflections, recipes, and menus that lead the cook to a critical and intuitive understanding of food itself, of its purest organic sources and most sublime uses. Perhaps best described by Richard Olney, "Paul Bertolli's cuisine is what 'health food' should be and never is: a celebration of purity. The food is imaginative but never complicated; it is art."
Enhanced by Gail Skoff's breathtaking hand-colored photographs, Paul Bertolli's recipes remind us of the simple and passionate joys in cooking and of the inspiration to be drawn from each season's freshest foods: glistening local salmon creates a wildly colorful springtime carpaccio or is grilled later in the season with tomatoes and basil vinaigrette; autumn's fresh white truffles are sliced into an extraordinarily textured salad of pastel hues with fennel, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese; figs left on the tree until they grow heavy and sweet appear in a fall fruit salad with warm goat cheese and herb toast. Season by season, Chez Panisse Cooking will captivate the senses and imagination of the cook with such entrancing recipes as Sugar Snap Peas with Brown Butter and Sage; Buckwheat Cakes with Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche, and Capers; Grilled Fish Wrapped in Fig Leaves with Red Wine Sauce; Lamb Salad with Garden Lettuces, Straw Potatoes, and Garlic Sauce; Marinated Veal Chops Grilled over an Oak Fire; or Seckel Pears Poached in Red Wine with Burnt Caramel. Here, some of the restaurant's most remarkable recent menus for special occasions are recreated, from a White Truffle Dinner to the Chez Panisse Tenth Annual Garlic Festival, to a supper for poet Vikram Seth that began. with "The Season's song, a summer ballad/Tomatoes, basil, flowers, beans/In unison dance, Lobster Salad..."
Many of these recipes reflect Paul Bertolli's love of northern Italian food; for other dishes, the inspiration is French; in all, there is a keen awareness of the abundance of uncompromisingly pure, seasonal ingredients to be found in America.
Above all, the Chez Panisse recipes are meant to inspire the cook to create his or her own version; to awaken the senses to the nuances of taste, texture, and color in cooking; to "discover the ecstatic moments when the intuition, skill, and accumulated experience of the cook merge with the taste and composition of the food." Since its original publication in 1988, this classic cookbook has proved to be indispensable to the shelf of every serious cook and every serious cookbook reader.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Review: Alice Waters's Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, sparked a movement toward simple, elegant cooking using fresh, seasonal, regional ingredients. In Chez Panisse Cooking, Chef Paul Bertolli collaborates with Waters to adapt many of the restaurant's trademark recipes for home cooking. Look here for fresh, innovative salads, soothing soups, and delightful desserts. Waters's fondness for exotic vegetables and greens may have you searching a little harder in the grocery store, but the results will make your efforts worthwhile.
Title: Chez Panisse Cooking
Publisher: Random House Inc (T)
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: very good
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Book Description Random House Inc (T), 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. black hard back with sun fading on the front edge and bottom of the cover. A stain at the bottom of the back cover. Stated first edition. Tight binding with no markings in the text. Many unusual photos. 450 pages. pub 1988. Bookseller Inventory # 035916
Book Description RANDOM HOUSE, NEW YORK, 1988. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. VG/VG, 449 PAGES. Bookseller Inventory # 14441
Book Description Random House, New York, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second Printing. This book is heavy and will attract postal surcharges. Bookseller Inventory # B00000134
Book Description Random House Inc (T), 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. Stated First Edition. Signed by Mia, on half-title page, and text includes 'you are certainly a very special part of our 'Famille Panisse'. (Presumed to be Mia Ponce, pastry chef at Chez Panisse.) No other marks in book. Appears unread. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000016512
Book Description Random House Inc (T), 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0394559088
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Book Description Random House, New York, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. No markings. Photographs by Gail Skoff. Stated First Edition. Spine of dust jacket is sun-faded. 449 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 108591
Book Description Random House, New York, 1988. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Skoff, Gail (illustrator). Second Printing. Fine second printing in black cloth with copper printing on spine, in a fine brodart enclosed dust jacket with intact price. Chef Bertolli of Alice Waters' renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse, provides instruction on how to cook, menus for entire meals using pure healthy ingredients in an imaginative, intuitive way, accompanied by enticing hand colored photographs. 449 pp. Cooking, Food, Gastronomy, Chez Panisse. Bookseller Inventory # 005919